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Special Donor Events

For further details on donor events, please see the Seattle Opera calendar of events or contact Megan Janning at 206.676.5535 or All published dates below are subject to change.

Director's Choice Luncheon

By invitation, donors $50,000+
Enjoy an intimate luncheon with General Director Speight Jenkins and a Seattle Opera Artist.

Date TBD.

Entre Nous with Speight and Sue

By invitation, donors $25,000+
Join Seattle Opera's General Director Speight Jenkins and Director of Education Sue Elliot for a champagne reception, followed by a spirited conversation about the season.

Date TBD.

Director's Salon

By invitation, donors $15,000+
Enjoy a cocktail reception with opera artists in an intimate setting.

Date TBD.

Chorus Staging Rehearsal

By invitation, donors $10,000+
Invitation to a behind the scenes look at the rehearsal process.

February 12, 2013.

Sapphire Donor Event

By invitation, donors $7,500+
General Director Speight Jenkins hosts an exclusive gathering for donors at the Sapphire level and above.

January 7, 2013.

Costume Shop Tour & Lunch

By invitation, donors $7,500+
A tour with a costume shop steward and lunch.

February 8, 2013.

Opening Night Reception

By invitation, donors $5,000+
Invitation to a post-performance reception to kick off the 2012/13 Season.

August 4, 2012.

Crown Donor Dinners

By invitation, donors $5,000+
An elegant cocktail reception and dinner featuring an exclusive preview of the night's opera by General Director Speight Jenkins. Following dinner, guests are invited into the Susan Brotman Auditorium to watch the final dress rehearsal. Invitations to the Crown Donor Dinners are mailed prior to each opera.

Dates: August 2, 2012; October 11, 2012; January 10, 2013; February 21, 2013; and May 2, 2013.

Young Artists Salon

By invitation, donors $3,000+
Each salon is an hour-long recital featuring art songs by two Young Artists, followed by a reception with the artists.

February 26 and 28, 2013.

Artists Insight Luncheon

By invitation, donors $3,000+
Join Speight Jenkins and a Seattle Opera artist for a special luncheon and conversation about the current production.

March 7, 2013.

Insider Series: Scenic Elements

By invitation, donors $1,500+
Join Seattle Opera donors on a motor coach trip to the Seattle Opera Scenic Studios in Renton. Learn from the artists and craftspeople who build sets for Seattle Opera and arts organizations throughout the country.

March 14, 2013.

Meet the Artists

By invitation, donors $1,500+
An exclusive reception and opportunity to mingle with General Director Speight Jenkins and artists from one of the current season's productions.

October 25, 2012.

Insider Series: Backstage Tour

By invitation, donors $1,000+
Spend an hour with Seattle Opera staff on a guided tour backstage at McCaw Hall. Learn the secrets of the stage, see the sets up close, and hear tales of life backstage at Seattle Opera.

Dates: October 27, 2012; January 26, 2013; March 9, 2013; and May 18, 2013.

Piano Technical Rehearsal with Reception

By invitation, donors $600+
Hear General Director Speight Jenkins introduce one of the most important stages of the rehearsal process: the piano technical rehearsal. This rehearsal takes place in McCaw Hall and is one of the final opportunities for the artistic team to fine-tune the production prior to opening night.

April 28, 2013.

Insider Series: Production Elements

By invitation, donors $600+
Take a tour of Seattle Opera's rehearsal and production facility in South Lake Union, including the Costume Shop and rehearsal rooms.

November 7, 2012.

Dress Rehearsal

By invitation, donors $400+
Enjoy a final dress rehearsal of one opera during the season. See the cast in full costume and makeup, with full orchestra, and experience the rehearsal process.

Dates: August 1 and 2, 2012; October 10 and 11, 2012; January 9 and 10, 2013; February 20 and 21, 2013; May 1 and 2, 2013.

Young Artists Program Dress Rehearsal

By invitation, donors $200+
Join us for a showcase of young operatic talent in celebration of the bicentennial of one of opera's greatest composers, Giuseppe Verdi. In an evening of music filled with passion and unforgettable melodies, Seattle Opera's 2012/13 Young Artists will make final preparations for the Viva Verdi! performance on April 6 with the Young Artists Program Orchestra and the Seattle Opera Chorus. They will perform selections from Verdi's masterpieces: the first act of La Traviata, the last act of Rigoletto, and scenes from La Forza del Destino, Nabucco and Don Carlo.

April 4, 2013.

Annual Meeting

By invitation, donors $75+
Join the Board of Trustees and staff at Seattle Opera's Annual Meeting. Celebrate in the successes of the recently completed opera season and hear exciting news about Seattle Opera's future. The Artists of the Year are also revealed at the annual meeting. August 7, 2012

Donor Lounge Information at McCaw Hall

Seattle Opera offers two private lounges for donors at the Crown Donor Society, Platinum Circle, and General Director's Circle levels:

  • The Norcliffe Room is reserved for donors at the Diamond level and higher ($10,000 and more) and is open for full dinner services two hours prior to curtain on Opening Night, second Saturday, and both Wednesday performances. The Norcliffe Room is open during intermission on Opening Night and second Saturday only. Reservations are required for Norcliffe Room dinners; email us to place your reservation.
  • The Allen Room is reserved for donors at the Emerald level and higher ($5,000 and more) and is open for light refreshments two hours before curtain and during intermissions. Reservations are not required.
  • General Director's and Platinum Circle donors are free to enjoy both the Allen and Norcliffe Rooms. Combined Lounges are held in the Allen Room on performance nights when the Norcliffe Room is not open.
  • Both lounges are located on the First Tier (4th floor) level of McCaw Hall. The Norcliffe Room is on the south end of the building and the Allen Foundation for the Arts Room is on the north end of the building.
  • For admittance to either lounge, please provide the staff attendant with the name associated with the account prior to entry. Lounge privileges are an exclusive donor benefit and the number of guests is contingent upon the number of tickets purchased for a specific performance. To make arrangements to bring additional guests to the lounges, please contact Donors Services prior to the performance date at 206.389.7669 or by email at

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